Evaluating Complementary Therapies and Alternative Medicine for Pain Management in Adults with Non-Specific Low Back Pain

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Amanda Stoddard (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
Web Site: http://www.uncp.edu/academics/library
William J. Puentes, Ph. D., RN, FAAN

Abstract: Pain is a subjective experience that is influenced by a multitude of biological, cultural, and psychological factors. Chronic low back pain is a major source of pain and disability for many individuals and its prevalence is rising. A variety of increasingly popular complementary and alternative therapies, as outlined by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), will be summarized and evaluated for their effectiveness and accessibility for people experiencing chronic low back pain. The most popular therapies discussed were chosen using the NCCIH webpages titled, “Mind and Body Approaches for Chronic Pain: What the Science Says” and “Herbal medicine for low back pain”, this page has a link to a 2006 Cochrane study. Natural products include Harpagophytum procumbens (Devil’s Claw), Salix alba (White Willow Bark), and Capsicum frutescens. Mind and body therapies include spinal manipulation, yoga, and acupuncture. In 2007, 17.1% of people used complementary and alternative therapies to try and treat their low back pain (Barnes et al., 2008). As there is limited evidence and research to objectively prove its safety and effectiveness, there is a need for further research regarding the safety and effectiveness of these complementary therapies.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2019
Complementary Therapies, Alternative Medicines, Pain Management, Non-Specific Low Back Pain, Adults,

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